26th April 2007
Around 250 Gaelic-speaking children from around Scotland are in the capital this week for the fourth annual Gaelic Schools Week, organised by Comunn na Gàidhlig and Comann nam Pàrant. This year’s event has activities at the Royal Botanic gardens, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Castle and Our Dynamic Earth.
Pupils from as far afield as Lewis, Harris, Lochaber and Mull are enjoying the opportunity to use Gaelic outwith the classroom in a wide range of different situations.
Magaidh Wentworth, Parental Officer at Comunn na Gàidhlig, explained:
“Educational visits are so important for children’s development and perception of the language and this event provides an opportunity to learn through enjoying a number of more unusual activities through the medium of Gaelic.”
Rosemary Ward, Education Manager at Bòrd na Gàidhlig which is funding the project, added:
“This annual event provides an ideal opportunity for Gaelic-medium pupils from across Scotland to come together in a city environment and enjoy the educational benefits that Edinburgh has to offer, while also forming new friendships and using their language in a social setting.”
Comann nam Pàrant Nàiseanta